Think About Your Life was pioneered by Amanda George working with Amanda Petersen in the USA, and Helen Sanderson and Eleanor Attrill in the UK.
We were inspired by our own experiences, both professional and personal. Here are our stories.
Amanda George began her cancer journey when she was 30 years old. She has used the thinking tools on this website over the past eight years to find her way through that journey.
Amanda learned of these approaches to thinking through her association with The Learning Community for Person Centred Practices but it wasn’t until she started working with Helen Sanderson that her dream of finding a way for other cancer survivors to use these thinking tools was realised through this website.
Amanda worked with Amanda Petersen to develop the original thinking tools on which this website is based.
She lives in Missouri with her young son, husband and two dogs.
Amanda Petersen was diagnosed with cancer when she was 21 years old, newly married, and about to graduate from college. After meeting Amanda George, Amanda Petersen began using the tools to direct her care and treatment and make decisions.
Currently, five years from diagnosis, Amanda Petersen lives in Oregon with her husband and three dogs. She spends most of her time working on various projects and spending time crafting or outside with friends.
Helen Sanderson is a co-survivor. Both of her sisters are breast cancer survivors, and Helen has had a risk-reducing double mastectomy. Helen leads HSA, a social enterprise supporting person-centred change in people’s lives, communities and organisations, and is chair of the HSA Foundation, which suports Think About Your Life.
Eleanor Attrill was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 40 years old. Eleanor had been trained in person-centred thinking tools and with the support of Jo Harvey at Helen Sanderson Associates thought about which tools might support her. The one-page profile particularly helped her work colleagues in letting them know how best to support her.